Suzanne's Around Town
Free Admission to Chinese Garden, League of Extraordinary Writers & High School Musical!

Hi! Everyone-

I hope you enjoyed a fun and festive holiday break! Back to reality....

Happy New Year!

Suzanne

FYI-The Murray Scholls Branch Library is closed due to construction through at least January 23rd! More info here: http://www.beavertonlibrary.org/DocumentCenter/View/601





Jan 5th

Messy Art@ Beaverton City Library from 4-5PM.Kids from 2 to 7 years old can get arty with a sink nearby! Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org for more info.
Free Admission@ Lan Su Chinese Garden (NW 3rd & Everett, Portland) from 10AM-5PM through Sunday (1/11). One FREE Admission per one non-perishable food item donated to the Oregon Food Bank.See Wednesday for details.

Book Babies@ Tigard Library from 10:15-10:45AM.

FYI-The Murray Scholls BranchBo Library is closed due to construction through at least January 23rd! More info here: http://www.beavertonlibrary.org/DocumentCenter/View/601




Jan 6th

Tech Trackers@ Beaverton City Library from 4-5PM.Kids in grades 3-5th can explore different ways to be creative using apps on the library's iPads. Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org for more info.

Free Admission@ Lan Su Chinese Garden (NW 3rd & Everett, Portland) from 10AM-5PM through Sunday (1/11). One FREE Admission per one non-perishable food item donated to the Oregon Food Bank.See Wednesday for details.

Fun for Ones (Ages 12-24 months)@ Tigard Library from 10:15-10:45AM AND 11:15AM-11:45AM. Bring your one year old for songs, rhymes, simple stories and movement activities. Great for new walkers. Stay and play after the program. (Limited to first 20 kids for each session!). Go to www.tigard-or.gov/library for more info or phone the library at 503/684-6537.

Toddler Storytime@ Beaverton City Library. There are 2 (30 minute) sessions starting at 10:15AM & 11:15AM. Phone the library for more info at 503/350-3600.

Book Babies@ Garden Home Library at 10:30AM.

Make a Lego Mini-Alien & Space Dog@ Lego Store (Wash. Sq.) from 5PM until supplies last! Free! Phone the store for more details at 503/670-9109. You can just never have enough Legos, can you? For kids from 6 to 14. Supplies are limited so arrive early. I have seen parents and kids line up at least 45 minutes ahead before!


Jan 7th

Free Admission@ Lan Su Chinese Garden (NW 3rd & Everett, Portland) from 10AM-5PM through Sunday (1/11).Enjoy free admission (regularly $9.50) as part of "Nine Free Days" through Sunday!! One FREE Admission per one non-perishable food item donated to the Oregon Food Bank.The garden shop expands into a garden pavilion to offer a dazzling display of Chinese New Year items in preparation for the beginning of the Year of the Ram on February 19th. Visitors can also escape the cold with tea in the cozy teahouse, which keeps garden hours and does not require reservations. Go to www.lansugarden.org for more info.

Fun for Ones@ Beaverton City Library. There are 2 (30 minute) sessions starting at 10:15AM and 11AM.

Toddler Time@ Tigard Library at 10:15 & 11:15AM.

Baby Bugs@ Beaverton City Library at 11:45AM.

Preschool Storytime@ Garden Home Library from 11:45AM-12:15PM.


Jan 8th

Read to the Dogs@ Beaverton City Library from 5-7PM.Kids in Grades 1-5 can practice theirreading skills to one of the friendly and adorable trained therapy dogs. To register call the Children's Division (503) 350-3600 or stop by the Children's Desk on the first floor of the Library. Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org for more info.

Free Admission@ Lan Su Chinese Garden (NW 3rd & Everett, Portland) from 10AM-5PM through Sunday (1/11). One FREE Admission per one non-perishable food item donated to the Oregon Food Bank.See Wednesday for details.

Preschool Storytime@ Beaverton City Library. There are 2 (30 minute) sessions starting at 10:15AM & 1PM.

All Ages Storytime@ Garden Home Library from 11:45AM-12:15PM. Go to www.gardenhome.plinkit.org for more info.

Think Fun Thursdays@ Beaverton City Library from 4-5PM. Drop in for Imagination Station this week for kids from 3 to 8 years! Go to www.beavertonlibrary.org for more info.



Jan 9th

High School Musical@HART Theatre (185 S.E. Washington Street, Hillsboro) at 7:30PM.STAGES youth theater presents the super fun show- High School Musical - through January 25th. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for kids. Order online at www.stagesyouth.org or buy at the box office.

Free Admission@ Lan Su Chinese Garden (NW 3rd & Everett, Portland) from 10AM-5PM through Sunday (1/11). One FREE Admission per one non-perishable food item donated to the Oregon Food Bank.See Wednesday for details.

FamilyStoryTime (ages 0-6 years)@ Tigard Library from 10:15-11:00AM AND11:15AM-12:00PM. Bring the whole gang for stories and songs Limited tofirst 20 kids for each session. Phone the library for more info at503/684-6537.

Mini-MastersClass@ My Masterpiece Art Studio (7905 SW Cirrus Drive-Parkside BusinessCenter) from 10:30AM-11:10AM. New project each week inspired by a famousartist.$10 per kid -ages 2 to 5 years, you must phone ahead to reserve a spot at 503/453-3700. Go to www.mymasterpieceartstudio.com for calendar and more info!

Japanese Storytime@ Beaverton City Library at 10:30AM.


Jan 10th

The League of Extraordinary Writers@ Powell's at Cedar Hills at 2PM.In "Through the Wardrobe: Writing Settings That Transport Your Reader," a writing workshop for young adults, author Heidi Schulz (Hook's Revenge) denomstrates how to make your settings come alive with details beyond the obvious. Hosted by Northwest author Rosanne Parry, The League of Extraordinary Writers is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their writing knowledge with kids 8 to 18 years old who are interested in creating books. Go to www.powells.com and click on "stores" and "events" for more info.

Washington County Museum Family Day@ Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza Location (120 E Main Street, Hillsboro) from 10AM-1PM. FREE! Learn about early naturalist David Douglas. Explore the galleries using clues, make a botanical sketch, and learn about the flora and fauna that Douglas discovered in Oregon. The Bug Chicks will present their live arthropod zoo of cool bugs at 11 a.m. Kids will be able to pet one of the big insects!Go to www.washingtoncountymuseum.org for more info.

Free Junior Chef Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Kids will learn "Baking for Beginners" skills in this fun, hands-on class!! This class is geared for 9-13 years. FREE! Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784.

Free Admission@ Lan Su Chinese Garden (NW 3rd & Everett, Portland) from 10AM-5PM through Sunday (1/11). See Wednesday for details.

Grow a Pet Treat@ Al's Garden Center (Sherwood) at 11AM. Plant an indoor treat for your dog or cat that will keep them happy during the winter months. $5 per kid and you must pre-register at www.als-gardencenter.com.

High School Musical@ HART Theatre (185 S.E. Washington Street, Hillsboro) at 2PM & 7:30PM. See Saturday for details.

Parent's Night Out@ My Masterpiece Art Studio from 5PM-9PM. Kids (from 4-12) can enjoy a creative night in the studio working on wintery art projects while parents can enjoy some chillax time!. $38 per child, $18 for each additional sibling. Go to www.mymasterpieceartstudio.com for more info. Phone the Studio to reserve a spot at 503/453-3700.



Jan 11th

The Not-its@ The Village Ballroom (700 NE Dekum Street, Portland, OR) at 3:30PM.For more than six years, The Not-Its! have rocked kids and families with their up-tempo albums and live concerts that give children their first "rock show" experience. With the release of their fifth album, Raise Your Hand,this Seattle "Kindie Rock" quintet will have children and parents moving and grooving! Tickets are $7 for adults and kids (2 years and under are free!). Food/Drinks available for purchase. Go to this link for tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1053910

Free Admission@ Lan Su Chinese Garden (NW 3rd & Everett, Portland) from 10AM-5PM through TODAY.One FREE Admission per one non-perishable food item donated to the Oregon Food Bank. LAST DAY! See Wednesday for details.

Free "Basics of Nonstick Cooking" Technique Class@ Williams-Sonoma (Wash. Sq.) at 10AM. Learn how the benefits of nonstick pots and pans and also some healthful recipes to try out! Phone the store to register at 503/684-2784. Demo class so arrive early to snag a seat!

High School Musical@ HART Theatre (185 S.E. Washington Street, Hillsboro) at 2PM. See Saturday for details.